Spectacular, mysterious, elegant, or grotesque, vertebrate skeletons are objects of art, while they carry within them the traces of several billion years of evolution. Patrick Gries captures the awe and beauty of nature in his photographs of more than 250 of the smallest to the largest vertebrate.
Patrick Gries Paris, France
Patrick Gries was born in Luxembourg in 1959. After completing his studies at École Normale in 1984, he left Belgium and moved to New York where he discovered American photography. Initially working as an assistant, then as a free-lance photographer, he collaborated with various art and design magazines. His first photo-documentary on post-communist Romania was published in Interview in 1990.
He moved to Paris in 1992, and has since pursued both personal and commissioned work and has become a reference in the field of art and design publications for institutions such as the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, as well as various museums. In 2005 he was in charge of launching the editorial photography for the opening of the Musée du Quai Branly.
Over the past years he has authored art books such as Evolution or The Hand of Nature and contributed to numerous publications on Ron Mueck, Cesar, Madeleine Vionnet, Matai Crasset,…
Recognized for his strong aesthetics of precision and minimalism, Patrick Gries has captured the attention of famous luxury companies such as Louis Vuitton and Van Cleef & Arpels who commission him on various editorial books projects.
In Evolution, published in 2008 with Editions Xavier Barral Paris, he offers an atypical approach to viewing art and science.
The typological black and white photo series present skeletons of vertebrates as sculptures which forces us to reconsider the boundaries between artistic and scientific objects. Evolution has been acclaimed throughout the world and has now been on exhibitions in France, Denmark, Russia and and entered private art collections.
His latest project, In/Visibility is currently part of International Discoveries IV exhibition Fotofest/Houston-TX and has been selected for a solo show at Lianzou (China), Photo Festival Buenos-Ares in 2014 and will be presented in Copenhagen early 2014.